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At the age of 36, Sharlto Copley came out of nowhere to headline Neill Blomkamp's 2009 surprise sci-fi smash "District 9." In the four years since he's racked up credits that would make seasoned Hollywood veterans jealous, appearing alongside everyone from Jodie Foster and Matt Damon to Angelina Jolie and Liam Neeson in big budget entertainments like "The A-Team" and the upcoming "Maleficent." While he made his name by playing the hero of "District 9," this year Copley proved he also makes a solid antagonist with leering and viscous turns in "Elysium" and Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake. Indiewire caught up with the actor, who's currently in the midst of shooting Blomkamp's latest "Chappie" in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss his remarkable rise and year of going bad.  In "Chappie," Neill Blomkamp's next film, you're once again playing the hero, but this year you turned to the dark side with your »


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